What does British Protected Person mean?
Certain individuals would have become a British protected person on the 1st of January 1983 if:
- They were a citizen or a national of Brunei.
- They were already holding British protected person citizenship.
- When they were born, they would have been a stateless person in the United Kingdom or an overseas territory, due to one the parents being a British protected person.
But, in most cases, individuals would have lost their British protected person status if:
- They gained any other nationality or any other citizenship.
- The territory they were connected with became independent and the person then became a citizen of that particular country.
Your Rights as a British Protected Person
British protected persons can:
- Hold a British passport.
- Get consular assistance and protection from United Kingdom diplomatic posts.
But, holding this particular status means:
- You would still be subject to immigration controls. In this case, you would not have the ‘automatic’ right to live or work in the United Kingdom.
- The European Union (EU) would not consider you as a United Kingdom national.
Becoming a British Protected Person
There are certain circumstances where you can register as a British protected person (BPP). But, it would only be possible if all these apply to your situation:
- You are a stateless person (and you always have been).
- You were born in the United Kingdom or one of the overseas territories.
- Your father or your mother was a British protected person at the time of your birth.
You can contact UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) if you believe you might qualify as a British protected person.
Registering as a British Citizen
As a British protected person (BPP), you may be able to register as a British citizen if you meet certain conditions. You can check your eligibility to become a British citizen in a different section.